It’s back into the last few weeks of gruelling winter training after a successful weekend at GB rowing team trials. The 3rd assessment trial is for both under 23 and senior team selection, so the athletes must race in a world class field of competitors, some of whom are Olympians. Thirteen NUBC athletes travelled down for the 5km water assessment and produced some strong results, notably from the freshers who placed very well in the U20 rankings.
These results came from Will Stewart and David Willcox in the M2-, who finished 17th in a tough field and ended up as the 2nd ranked U20 athletes. James Stevenson, also under 20, ranked 4th in that category and finished 15th overall with Rob Fuller ranking 8th U20 and 23rd overall. Frances Russell continued this success in the W1x, finishing 19th overall and ending up as the fourth fastest U20 athlete.
Following on from the success of the younger athletes, our alumni had an incredible trial. Tim Clarke and Tom Ford raced together for Leander in the M2- and had an outstanding row, finishing in 2nd place and beating two 2016 Olympic champions. Gemma Hall emulated this success in the LW1x, also coming 2nd and beating prior world and Olympic champions.
The current athletes are now back training as we begin to reach the climax of the Head season. With BUCS Head just round the corner and the Eights Heads not far after, it’s time to get back out on the Tyne and into the big boats.
Written by Kelsey Stoddart
Photo by Pat Hanratty